US-based umbilicals firm opens doors in Rosyth

Umbilicals International (UI) has opened its doors to a new manufacturing facility in Rosyth, heralding the move as purposeful and optimistic during tough market recovery.

The Texas-headquartered company will initially use the 780m² space to support commercial diving operations, through terminating, testing and selling stock umbilicals.

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The site is close to the Rosyth quayside, and will help facilitate the company’s ambitious growth plans to manufacture electrohydraulic umbilicals for the oil and gas industry.

Charlie Backhouse, General Manager for Umbilicals International in the UK, said: “Rosyth is the perfect location for umbilical services, and we’re pleased to call it home for our UK operations.  The area boasts a talented and deeply knowledgeable workforce which spans manufacturing, engineering, commercial and project management.  The variation of ongoing projects at the Rosyth site will provide plenty of opportunities for us to deliver multiple services, and with support from the Scottish Government, meet our growth plans.”

Umbilicals International became part of the Seanamic Group in 2015, and its new facility is a stone’s throw away from sister-firm IMES International, which has been operating in Rosyth for 20 years.

Martin Barnes, CEO of the Seanamic Group, said: “The close proximity between Umbilicals International and IMES International will allow both companies to share aspects of their business, including personnel and equipment.  This new facility builds on the 360° offering which Seanamic brings to the market: design, manufacture, testing and integrity management.  Operating conditions may be improving, but companies still need agile, integrated and flexible solutions – this new facility helps us provide that.”

Councillor Altany Craik, Convenor for Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation for Fife Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Umbilicals International to Fife.  The company is an ideal fit for Rosyth, which is already a world-class location for marine and engineering businesses.  Rosyth is one of Scotland’s best-connected locations and will offer the company unrivalled access to markets and customers.”

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